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Niki Tsongas Finally Makes it to a Congressional Debate on Fox25

This short debate includes incumbent Democratic Representative Niki Tsongas, Republican Jon Golnik and two independents Dale Brown, Bob Clark.

Tsongas defends her lack of accessibility. She’s been building up a pretty impressive set of online services which she promises to use in the future to improve transparency and voter accessibility.

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Video: Jon Golnik, Sam Meas, Tom Weaver and Bob Shapiro Debate in the Shirley Republican Candidates Forum

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5th Congressional District Republican Candidates Debate

The four Republican candidates challenging Rep. Niki Tsongas for 5th Congressional Representative debated at the Shirley Republican Town Committee Candidate Forum on April 10th. The video was posted today, and it helps give us a sense if any of these challengers can be a serious threat to Rep. Tsongas.

Jon Golnik is clearly the standout from among the four. He had specific, rational policy ideas on every question. He knows the facts behind the issues, and his policy ideas seem to be based on practicality and reality. He sounds like the kind of practical political leader who can listen to different sides of an issue and find reasonable solutions.

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The Growing Importance of the Tea Party Movement

In Boston, Christen Varley (center) led a Tea Party meeting to discuss gubernatoral candidates, at a meeting in The Green Dragon. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)

Stephanie Ebbert has a nice article in the Globe today on the growing importance of the Tea Party Movement:

In the current upended political climate, the Tea Party members in Massachusetts — now claiming up to 8,000 believers and basking in the earth-shaking victory of US Senator Scott Brown — have the clout to make candidates come to them.

Candidates are showing up at events like this one across the state, even though the Tea Party’s loose confederation of activists has no membership rolls, no party apparatus, no candidates, and no money. Candidates do not know precisely what the Tea Party is or how its activists will vote in November. They just know they had better pay attention.

Scott Brown’s upset victory this year has shown the Massachusetts political class that there is a large number of people looking for change. These are not the people who go to protests, and are involved in political activism. They are a silent majority of the regular working citizen of Massachusetts who feel increasingly like their needs are not being met, and are now willing to consider candidates from outside traditional party affiliation, and vote for change. read more »